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Meet the Executive

IFOMPT Executive Committee

EC Geneva
Paolo Sanzo, Annelies Pool, Laura Finucane, Dr Stanley Paris (Co-founder of IFOMPT), Renée de Ruijter and Ken Olson- Geneva, May 2019
Ken Olson,  President IFOMPT
KenDr. Ken Olson is the president and managing partner of the physical therapy private practice Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Associates in DeKalb, Illinois, USA.  Ken completed the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Master of Science and Doctor of Health Science degrees in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.  In addition to being a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, he is fellowship trained in manual physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine.  Additionally, he is adjunct faculty at both Marquette University and Northern Illinois University.
Ken has served on the IFOMPT Executive Committee since 2008 and was the USA member organisation delegate to IFOMT in 2004.  Ken served on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (USA member organisation to IFOMPT) from 1995 to 2006 and was President from 2002 to 2005.  Ken also received the John McM. Mennell Service Award from the AAOMPT. He also serves on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Manipulation workgroup and was a co-author of the Manipulation Education Manual, a resource designed to assist physical therapy faculty to integrate high velocity thrust manipulation into entry-level physical therapy curriculum in the United States.
Ken has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented courses throughout the United States in the manual physical therapy diagnosis and management of spine and TMJ disorders and is the author of the textbook titled: Manual Physical Therapy of the Spine 2nd Edition published by Saunders, Elsevier; 2016.
Contact Ken:
Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Associates
3266 Resource Parkway
DeKalb, Illinois, USA 60115
Email: ken.olson@ifompt.org
Laura-08 (1)Laura Finucane is a consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist specialising in spinal conditions. She has been a consultant since 2006 providing care for NHS patients.  She clinically leads a number of interface services who deliver an orthopaedic  triage service  for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.  Clinically she manages patients with back pain working closely with the spinal surgeon directly listing patients for surgical intervention when necessary.  She provides clinical support to extended scope practitioners specialising in other areas of musculoskeletal conditions.  Her role is to ensure clinicians maintain their competency and expertise to deliver the service.  She has been involved in developing pathways of care both locally and nationally.
She is affiliated to the University of Brighton as a fellow and is an external examiner and tutor for the masters course leading to membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She is a clinical mentor to students on placement in clinical practice for a number of universities.

Laura’s special interest is in serious pathologies of the spine and she has presented  nationally and internationally.  She has  written a number of papers related to this subject and  teaches  at a postgraduate level.

Laura completed her Masters in manipulative physiotherapy in 2002.  She has written a number of chapters in ‘Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment’ and ‘Principles of Neuromusculoskeletal Treatment  and Management’ edited by Petty.  She is a reviewer for the Manual Therapy journal.  She was a member of the Executive Committee for the MACP and the MO delegate for IFOMPT  before stepping into the role as executive member of IFOMPT in October 2012.

Contact Laura:
Email: laura.finucane@ifompt.org
Paolo Sanzo, Treasurer IFOMPTPaolo Sanzo Profile Picture - November 2016

Paolo Sanzo is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University and the Director and Physiotherapist at Active Potential Rehabilitation Services.  He is also an instructor and examiner for the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and was elected as the past Member Organisation Delegate for Canada.  He was appointed to the Executive of IFOMPT in October 2017.

His research interests are in the area of rehabilitation and sports medicine.  More specifically, his research integrates the clinical, biomechanical, and physiological aspects of human movement and gait analysis.  It also includes the exploration of the medical and clinical uses and effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy, the clinical application and rationale for the use of therapeutic taping, the biomechanical analysis of concussion, and length tension testing and the relationships between muscle and myofascial tissues in various musculoskeletal disorders.  Paolo has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, authored four books on length tension testing techniques in the upper and lower quadrants, and serves as a reviewer for several journal titles.

RenÉE de Ruijter, Executive Committee Member IFOMPT
ReneeeRenée de Ruijter is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and teacher in under- and post graduate musculoskeletal education.  She works with patients in the private practice, Physiotherapie Bouwman in Kriens, Switzerland, and teaches part-time at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).  She also teaches in community based musculoskeletal physiotherapy programmes for the International Maitland Teacher’s Association (IMTA).  Renée is a tutor and external examiner for various OMPT Programmes throughout Europe.
Renée completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Manual Therapy at the University of Perth, Western Australia in 1994.  In 2011 she finished her Masters of Medical Education at the University of Bern, Switzerland with a thesis on the use of standardised patients in health care education.  She has a special interest in curriculum development and is a member of IMTA’s curriculum working group.
Renée has been a board member (1996-2003) and the chairperson (2000-2003) of the Swiss Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, SVOMP and the Swiss MO delegate for IFOMPT from 1997 to 2008. 

Contact Renée:
Email: renee.deruijter@ifompt.org
Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard, Executive Committee Member, IFOMPT
AnneliesAnnelies Pool-Goudzwaard is a managing partner of a medical clinic “Impact” Zoetermeer, in the Netherlands in which she operates as a consulting musculoskeletal physiotherapist and psychologist with expertise in the domain of chronic spinal complaints and pelvic pain, including pelvic floor dysfunction. 

She completed her Masters in both in Manual Therapy as Health Psychology and her PhD on the topic of permpartum pelvic pain.  Currently she combines her work in the clinic with her work as Ass. Professor and senior researcher at the MOVE research Institute, Research Master Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Behaviour and Movement Sciences, VU University in Amsterdam.  She has published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals and was keynote and invited speaker at numerous international congresses.

She was the president of the Dutch Manual Therapy Association for 6 years and IFOMPT MO delegate for the Netherlands for 8 years. Currently she is an associate editor of Manual Therapy

Contact Annelies:
Email: annelies.pool@ifompt.org
Ingrid du Toit, Executive Director of IFOMPTAward NZMPA

Ingrid holds a B Econ (Hons) degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa and has worked as an agricultural economist for more than 25 years. She also gained experience in organisational development and the management of networks in a regional and Pan-African context by serving on a number of DFID and World Bank project teams.

After relocating to New Zealand, she was appointed as the Executive Officer of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA) in October 2010, a position she held until April 2018.  In addition to this, she served as the Office Manager of IFOMPT as of April 2013 and  became the Executive Director in February 2017.


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Auckland 0752
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Email:  admin@ifompt.org
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